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Monday, March 1, 2010

Mar. 1 - Parmesan Garlic Chicken

I'm trying to do less casseroles, in favor of more lean proteins and veggies - these last few pounds of baby weight isn't going to lose itself! Tonight I did Parmesan-garlic chicken, buttered noodles and green beans. The chicken was cooked just long enough to still be juicy (thank god I didn't overcook it as usual?!?) and although the buttered noodles aren't the healthiest option, they're a traditional favorite in the boy's family. Since I've learned to make them comparably well (albeit without the homemade noodles), I like to treat him to a batch every so often.

The dinner turned out to be a huge hit with Lindsay - she polished off helpings of each and seconds on the noodles. I will say, though, I refuse to make them again anytime soon - she couldn't get them on her fork and screamed throughout the entire meal. That, coupled with Luke's "I really need to sleep" cries, were about to drive me over the edge. It didn't help that the boy wasn't home until after 7 and I was juggling these two exhausted, cranky kids alone. But, I digress - here's the recipe:

Parmesan-Garlic Chicken
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix

  1. Combine garlic powder, Parmesan cheese and Italian salad dressing mix  in a large ziploc bag.
  2. Rinse chicken and shake to coat in bag. Place in shallow baking dish.
  3. Cook at 400 degrees F for 20 - 25 minutes.
As far as the buttered noodles, the secret to making them perfectly is to buy Kluski noodles and then melt the butter in a small frying pan until it browns. Once browned, pour them over the noodles and toss with a little salt and pepper. When the butter is brown, there's just an extra hint of delicious flavor - you don't to burn it though, so keep a close eye on it.

1 comment:

voilamavie said...

This was a hit! I had a moment where i thought i messed the recipe up because i quickly jotted the chicken recipe down and wrote ranch instead of italian dressing. When i went down to the kitchen though i saw i only bought italian so i said "here goes" and made it. David loved it and i told him i thought i made it wrong and he said it was great... but i came back up to the comp room and found out i made it right all along. I had the extra piece of chicken tucked away in a tupperware for tomorrow's lunch when he asked for another piece. What's mine is his right? sigh..
I made this with squash seasoned with salt and pepper, lipton(i mean knorr now) rice and mixed veggies. Thanks erica! keep them coming

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